Project development necessary for implementation of land use plans (Resource Management Plans) requires analysis under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). NEPA ensures that the BLM (and other Federal agencies) consider the impact of an action on the quality of the human environment before decisions are made and the action is taken. Two types of NEPA documents that are prepared and provide opportunity for public involvement are Environmental Impact Statements and Environmental Assessments. There are certain actions which have been categorically excluded from further NEPA analysis because it has been determined that the actions have insignificant effects on the human environment. These actions are documented in a Categorical Exclusion review. Until recently, these types of actions were not subject to public review. New categories of excluded actions, including fuels and forest health treatments, now provide for a public review period for those actions.
Project planning updates provide BLM a means to achieve public scoping by notifying the public of the status of projects in the process of planning and analysis for implementation in the near future or currently being implemented.
Key Planning Efforts in Spokane
There are a number of significant on-going planning efforts in the BLM Spokane District. Some of these planning efforts include:
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Documents Currently Under Public Review (Sorted by Review Period End Date)
The following list contains NEPA documents that are currently available for public review, protest, or appeal.
|Project Name||Start Date||End Date||Doc Type||Resource Area|
|2013 Fire Emergency Stabilization and Rehabilitation||11/13/13||12/13/13||Categorical Exclusion||Spokane DO|
|2013 Fire Emergency Stabilization and Rehabilitation||11/13/13||12/13/13||Decision Record||Spokane DO|
|Ruby Gate Relocation||11/19/13||12/19/13||Categorical Exclusion / Decision Record||Wenatchee|
|Fishtrap Pile Burn||11/22/13||12/22/13||Environmental Assessment||Border|
|Fishtrap Pile Burn||11/22/13||12/22/13||FONSI/Decision Record||Border|
Existing/Historic Documents (5 Most Recent)
The following list contains NEPA documents that have passed the public review period.
|Project Name||Date||Doc Type||Resource Area|
|Okanogan County PUD Right-of-Way WAOR45490||11/04/2013||Decision Record||Spokane DO|
|Okanogan County PUD Right-of-Way WAOR45490||11/04/2013||Finding of No Significant Impact||Spokane DO|
|Whited's Milkvetch Outplanning for Research||10/23/2013||Categorical Exclusion / Decision Record||Wenatchee|
|Maughan et al. LLC Road Right-of-Way||10/18/2013||Decision Record||Spokane DO|
|Maughan et al. LLC Road Right-of-Way||10/18/2013||Environmental Assessment / FONSI||Spokane DO|
NEPA Document Library
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Project Planning Updates
- Spokane District Planning Update, January 2010 (PDF)
- Spokane District Planning Update, August 2009 (PDF)
- Spokane District Planning Update, May 2009 (PDF)
- Spokane District Planning Update, February 2009 (PDF)
- Spokane District Planning Update, November 2008 (PDF)
- Spokane District Planning Update, August 2008 (PDF)
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